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October 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

St. Peter and St. Paul
Prisoner-Education Study Program

As we look ahead, our Academy prisoner-study program is taking a turn. Working with thousands over 20 years, a shift of emphasis is needed. It will help us better know them and their walk to prison. With this, we can work with them in renewing and restoring their relationship with Jesus Christ, the I AM. It offers a good way to bring them to the fullness of the Lord's Incarnation – His divine Word and unchangeable Wisdom. We will use our verse-by-verse, detailed study of Genesis, the Gospel of John, and Book of Romans, as key. We hope you agree.

A common reality for most of our prisoner-student, is living in the sufferings of broken trust; a harsh reality often in the innocence of childhood – a happening outside their choosing. And as their world fell apart, they moved ever further from the Lord, drawn by false hopes and empty promises of man's wisdom. The outcome: Their troubles followed them to prison - to the bars of the prison cell - now living in surroundings I can not even begin to understand.

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September 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They grow with us, but we need your special donation to help them. (Mat. 25:34-40)

Photoni - Gospel of John 4: 11 - 14
New Testament Servant of the One Who is the Living Water

Our summer letters focused on the fine qualities of just a few excellent women, whose living faith in the "I AM" of the Old Testament, was exemplary. As we begin the new calendar Church Year, let us give careful consideration to another fine women. This one is of the New Testament, St. Photini, the Samaritan woman at the well.

In particular, let's review John 4:10-14. Here we gain some additional insight into the waters of Creation, the waters of Baptism, the water from the side of Jesus on the Cross, and the water that became the good wine at the Marriage Feast.

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August 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS OUR CHRIST
JUDITH - THE LIONESS OF JUDAH

In honor of the many wonderful women living the gift of His boundless grace.

The Book of Judith ( OSB - Septuagint Old Testament, pages 578 - 595) speaks of the true beauty of a woman whose first love and only faith, is in the One Lord God of Israel - the I AM of the Old Testament. Her sincere devotion and great courage of faith, was revealed most brightly when King Nebuchadnezzar brought his war of revenge against Israel. Interestingly, the name Judith is the feminine form of the word Judah - the lion of the tribe. Lioness is a name she wears well.

While most leaders in the town of Bethulia, preferred to negotiate - even test the Lord - after Nebuchadnezzar sent the ruthless Holofernes to war against them, thankfully and with great courage and conviction, Judith thought and declared otherwise.

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July 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS – QUEEN ESTHER - BOUNDLESS IN HIS GRACE
In honor of the many wonderful women living the gift of His boundless grace.

Summer is often a good time to read and again consider The Orthodox Study Bible - Septuagint Old Testament. May we offer the Book of Esther, (p. 596). The life of Esther is an inspiring reminder of the critical importance and absolute significance of the faithful women of Scripture. Without such magnificent women, and the healing gift of His grace, the faith – once held sacred by the Virgin Temple (Book of Amos) –may have been permanently lost to the folly of man.

Esther was a young girl among the many Jews exiled from Judah under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. She had been raised as a proper young Jewish lady by her uncle, Mordecai.

See the attached PDF files for this month's full teaching and to order the study booklets.

June 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS – THE ANOINTED SON OF HIS FATHER
In Honor and Blessed Memory of Mary Ellen Braun

THE INDISPENSABLE WOMAN
– Proverbs 31:10-11 –

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For such a woman is more valuable than precious
stones. Her husband's heart trusts in her; he does not need the spoils of war."

Yes, her husband can count on his faithful bride be his helpmate; to putting her talents to work on behalf of her family, as a first priority. Such a person is remarkable and true reflection of the divine Wisdom of the Great I AM. Yet when first read, this may seem rather simple. However, with the Light of His Transfiguration, the words reveal a deeper sense of our relational intimacy with our Lord and Father, and between husband and wife. It is here, when imitating and walking in His divine steps, we find our very best thinking and doing – a true crown of glory. Such a walk, was the walk of Mary Ellen, a walk of faith she continues in Paradise.

See the attached PDF files for this month's full teaching and to order the study booklets.